Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires (City Tour)
Upon arrival at Buenos Aires airport, you will be met by our English speaking chauffeur and transferred to your hotel. You will meet down in the lobby to begin a city tour of Buenos Aires, starting with the symbol of the city, the Obelisk. This monument was built in 1936 to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the city. Enjoy the views of the spanish-inspired squares such as: Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin, and Plaza Congreso. Along with the numerous soccer stadiums throughout the city, you will also get to discover the historic neighborhoods like San Telmo and La Boca, as well as getting to see the nature in Lezama Park and Tres de Febrero Park. Our last stop is Memory Park, a sober memorial dedicated to the 30,000 victims disappeared during the military dictatorship of 1976 to 1982. A controversial time, in which Pope Francis was head of the Jesuits in Argentina. On to Recoleta, where we visit the world famous cemetary of Recoleta with the tomb of Evita and the adjoining nearby historic Church of Our Virgin Mary of Pilar. Return to hotel.
Day 2: Buenos Aires – Flores (B)
Theme: The Early Life of Pope Francis
After breakfast, we will begin our Pilgrimage by following the life of Pope Francis, starting with the early years when he was known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Our first stop is Flores, a working class town located in the center of Buenos Aires, and birthplace to Pope Francis. Continue on to Our Lady of Mercy Church where he was baptized, and the adjoining school, St. Joseph’s, where he took his first communion and attended primary school. It was here as a teenager that he received his vocational calling. We will then visit the City Cathedral where he celebrated Mass and lived nearby in a modest 1 bedroom flat prior to being elected as Pope. It is here that Pope Francis described his outreach: “Instead of being a Church that welcomes and receives, we try to be a Church that comes out of itself and goes to the men and women.” You will also have the opportunity to visit the tomb of General San Martin, the great liberator of South America. Return to hotel.
Day 3: Buenos Aires – San Miguel College (B)
Theme: The Theologian Years
After breakfast, we will make our way to Maximo of San Miguel College where Pope Francis studied and later taught philosophy and theology. As a rector, he sheltered those who were “on the run” from the military dictatorship. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to take in a lecture on Argentina’s political history from a local historian. Following the lecture, you will make your way to the Seminary Chapel and also the former living quarters of Pope Francis. During your time there, you will have the opportunity to speak with Mario, a Jesuit Brother and a close personal friend of Pope Francis. You will have the opportunity to gain personal insight into the new Holy Father, and his life while he was in Argentina. We will visit the Seminary Chapel, where as Rector Pope Francis celebrated Mass regularly at 7am each morning. Return to Hotel.
Day 4: Buenos Aires – Tigre (B)
Theme: Parana Delta by Water
Today, following breakfast, we will take a boat ride up north to Tigre, and visit the Parana Delta and Waterway. Our first stop is the colonial town established by the Jesuits of San Isidro. We visit the spectacular cathedral of San Isidro, built in 1706 by French architects, and opened by the city founder: Captain Domingo de Acassuso. Heading to Tigre, a huge delta and waterway, you make your way through the web of inter-connecting rivers and streams, you will get to view the many English Style rowing clubs, marinas, and elegant mansions. Return to your hotel.
Day 5: Buenos Aires - Colonia (B)
Theme: Day Trip to Uruguay
Today we will cruise over the River Plate on a ferry that will bring us to the historic town of Colonia, located in the southwestern region of Uruguay and facing Buenos Aires. Founded in 1680, it is a World Heritage Site and a UNESCO’s protected property. Unlike Buenos Aires, Colonia is a beach town. One of the early Portuguese settlements along the Rio de la Plata, it offers a glimpse of what buildings in Buenos Aires might have looked like back in colonial times. Along your tour, you will have a chance to view its most historical sites, Calle de los Suspiros “Street of the sighs” a beautiful cobblestone street, lined with colorful houses and trademark yellow lamps, along with the historical city gate and walls. We will visit the ancient Church of the Sacred Saint, the oldest church in Uruguay. Return boat trip to Buenos Aires and transfer to hotel.
Day 6: Buenos Aires – Lujan (B,D))
Theme: The Following of Cardinal Bergoglio
Today we will visit Lujan Cathedral, built in honor of the Virgin of Lujan, the patron saint of Argentina. It is here that more than six million pilgrims would travel each year, some over 40 miles, to be blessed by Pope Francis. In the evening, we get to sample the world’s best wines at a wine tasting session before taking part in a spectacular Tango Dinner show. Return to your hotel.
Day 7: Depart Argentina (B)
Following breakfast, we will depart for the airport for our return flights home.
OUR TRIP INCLUDES:
† 6 nights at centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
~ 6 nights: Hotel
† Transfers as per itinerary
† Breakfast daily
†Dinner Tango Show
†Free Tango Lessons
†Wine tasting session
† Asado (Argentine BBQ) experience
† Free Wi-Fi in Hotel & access to computer
† Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
† Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
† Travel Insurance optional
† International Flights